5 gallon bucket solar shower update
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It would seem that our spurt
of springtime sunshine wasn't quite enough energy to heat up my 5
gallon bucket solar shower
to any noticeable warmth.
The next stage of the
experiment involves a small 2-15 gallon submersible aquarium heater
which can be found for around 15 dollars at local retail outlets. It
automatically warms your water to a 76 to 80 degree range, but you need
to give it a full 24 hours to reach that temperature.
the heater was easy thanks to the attached suction cup and it didn't
take much effort at all to wrap some reflectix around the sides and the
top to hold the heat in.
I plugged in a Kill-a-Watt
device to measure how much power it will need. Anna thinks it might be
comparable to heating up a pot of water on the electric stove, which is
just the sort of debate we got the Kill-a-Watt gizmo for. The heater is only
rated at 50 watts, which might be less power at 24 hours compared to 5
minutes of a 220 volt stove top coil.